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My first build

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi all I'm working on my first build my tank is 45.5" long 76" around I got it for $18.50 at work. I'm thinking 24"x24"x24 for my fire box dose this sound about right for the tank and how big should my stack be around it is going to be a RF any help would be nice

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this is what I have got done so far

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post #2 of 21


Now I have never built a smoker but I have built a many things. It sure looks like you are well on your way to a great new smoker. I like it and I can't wait for you to finish so we all can see it smoking meat.

post #3 of 21

I think a 24x24 firebox would fit nice on the that tank.


Here is a link for the pit calculator, this will help you out as far as stack size and dia, as well as air inlet openings.



Just select the calc you want to use, circle firebox or square firebox. The rest is just fill in the blanks.


BTW nice score on the tank, and your build is looking good so far.

post #4 of 21

COOL.looks alot like my build,similar tank and rack set up.a firebox that big should have no problem keeping the smoke flowing.my firebox is 18.5 square.cant wait to see it going bro congrats

post #5 of 21

Lookin' good. Can't wait to see ya put it to work.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

post #6 of 21

Great build.  Looking good. Please post more pics.

post #7 of 21

That looks like it will be a great smoker when you are done - be sure to keep us updated

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

sorry it has taken me so long to update this I was planing to make the fire box 24x24x24 but my cash flow dried up so I had to make do

my friend gave me this home made grill to see if I could use it as my fb






the bottom was rusted out so I cut the middle out and welded it back together it was to long any way I made a tube to go between fb and the smoker

so it would be easier to cut of later



I decided to change the lid a bit




my welds aren't pretty but they work

did a burn on the tank


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putting a season on it before I put the RF plate


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started the RF plate


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forgot to take more pic. needed to get it home so I could  do some test smokes on it before I do a 20# turkey next weekend this will be it's new home


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still got a lot of work to do on it got a lot of air leaks  to fix


post #9 of 21

Looks good Brad!

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

here is what is going in for the first smoke bb and a 3# bl picnic for pp and some pork grillers

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2 hours in


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ribs are done


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pp in a bit

post #11 of 21
Looks good. grilling_smilie.gif
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post #13 of 21

Nice lookin ribs, I bet they were tastey.

post #14 of 21

Nice smoker and great food you must be happy.

post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 

it was late last night when I got done with the pp so here it is going to eat it to night


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and the bear view


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post #16 of 21

Looks nice!  How was the PP?



post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 

pp was great we ate on it for 2 days and froze some for later

post #18 of 21

Awesome looking ribs & PP!


Great job with the build too!

post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 

thank you Al & HD and every one doing the big turkey smoke for work today

post #20 of 21

Nice work on the smoker. Sealing those gaps in the firebox will help you out a lot.


As far as the food pics, I licked my monitor ;)


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